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post #616 of 771
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Originally Posted by userlander View Post
I am positively itching to put that up against the nuforce uDAC I just got, which is very warm and aggressive, too much in fact for some things (imo). I'm trying not to have preconceived notions, but I have a feeling the Dac-E is going to blow the uDAC away. I probably shouldn't say that or else I'll be accused of bias later, but the uDAC is very warm, I don't see how anyone can deny that. Not that it's not a good dac, it just has a lot of coloration.

Are you able to say what wolfson is in the Extasy, or is that a trade secret?
I DON'T SAY WHAT COMPONENTS I USE IN MY AMPS AND DACS ANYMORE BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE JUDGING MY PRODUCTS ON THE COMPONENTS I USED.....

AND IN REALITY, THAT IS ONLY ABOUT HALF THE REAL STORY BEHIND GOOD SOUNDING AUDIO EQUIPMENT...

NOW I'VE NEVER HEARD A uDAC, BUT I DO KNOW THAT YOU MUST GIVE IT AT LEAST 100 HOURS OF 'BURN-IN' BEFORE ANY JUDGMENTS OF ANY KIND...

ALSO, THERE ARE VARIOUS SYNERGIES BETWEEN COMPONENTS ( DACS, HEADPHONE AMPS, CABLES, USERS... )

EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT TASTES...

AND I LEARNT NOT TO GET CAUGHT UP IN TO WHAT SOUNDS BETTER THEN WHAT....

I'LL I KNOW IS WHAT SOUNDS GOOD...

I MAKE NO COMPARISIONS, ONLY FAIR OBSERVATIONS...

SPEAKING OF OBSERVATIONS...

I JUST GOT MY FIRST TUBE AMPLIFIER....

AND IT BLEW AWAY EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFETIME....

IN FACT IT TOTALLY CHANGED THE WAY I LOOK AT SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES IN AUDIO....

I'VE NEVER HEARD ANYTHING AS CLEAR, AS WARM, AS ACCURATE, AS TRANSPARENT, AND ANY OTHER AUDIO TERM YOU CAN COME UP WITH...

IT REPODUCES AUDIO IN SUCH AN EFFORTLESS WAY, LIKE IT ISN'T EVEN THERE OR WORKING AT ALL.....

TUBES BABY

hotaudio40
post #617 of 771
Dave, good to see you around, and I especially agree with your points about synergy (As an example, I actually preferred your very own DAC straight feeding my old EF1 than Pico DAC for my K701) and hope that Extasy is a great sounding product...

but...

Please do refrain from typing in all caps!
post #618 of 771
lol, I type so much my hands are giving me RSI ....

So my hands go numb sometimes now....

it's the shift key that's doing it!

post #619 of 771
just wondering, what tube amp did you get?
post #620 of 771
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Originally Posted by dcpoor View Post
just wondering, what tube amp did you get?
honestly i'd love to tell you, and i almost did, but i like this amp SO much i may buy more, and i don't want his prices to go up......

but you can find it on evilbay and it is a KT88 based amp with 65 watts per channel output....

and i'm talking a 1957 rated 65 watts of REAL power

i can actually smell the rubber on my drivers as they heat up, and that is at 1/2 volume and the amp doesn't really work, but the drivers sure do...

in fact, i haven't been able to push this amp because i know it will destroy my speakers no problem...

and not in the usual clipping way of destroying them, but in the RAW POWER way of simply overpowering them with crystal clear power....

truly amazing...

hotaudio40
post #621 of 771

Tubes!

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Originally Posted by hotaudio40 View Post
I DON'T SAY WHAT COMPONENTS I USE IN

I JUST GOT MY FIRST TUBE AMPLIFIER....

AND IT BLEW AWAY EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFETIME....

IN FACT IT TOTALLY CHANGED THE WAY I LOOK AT SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES IN AUDIO....

I'VE NEVER HEARD ANYTHING AS CLEAR, AS WARM, AS ACCURATE, AS TRANSPARENT, AND ANY OTHER AUDIO TERM YOU CAN COME UP WITH...

IT REPODUCES AUDIO IN SUCH AN EFFORTLESS WAY, LIKE IT ISN'T EVEN THERE OR WORKING AT ALL.....

TUBES BABY

hotaudio40
Hi Dave:

Owning both your Hotaudio DacSTraight and the NuForce uDAC, I can say that both were outstanding quality products!

And on the tubes...once you go tubes...you never go back!
post #622 of 771
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
Hi Dave:

Owning both your Hotaudio DacSTraight and the NuForce uDAC, I can say that both were outstanding quality products!

And on the tubes...once you go tubes...you never go back!
Hey thanks for that

Go back to what.....

post #623 of 771
What would have the best synergy with the HD650's for headphone amp's from Hotaudio?
post #624 of 771

Solid State

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Originally Posted by hotaudio40 View Post
Hey thanks for that

Go back to what.....

Solid state amps!
post #625 of 771
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
Solid state amps!
Well the tube amplifier has set a NEW benchmark for me to work towards....

I mean as far as DACs go.... Can't see building a TUBE DAC, but they do sell DACs with tube outputs.....

But now a solid state amp that COULD sound like a tube amplifier....

There's the challenge....

I see it coming but only from one angle......


hotaudio40
post #626 of 771
Just received a HotAudio HOTUSB1 DAC I bought from another Head-Fier.

This is my first DAC, but I can see why so many audiophiles spend thousands of dollars on DACs.

I love it. In my opinion, it's miles ahead of onboard audio. Once again, this is my first DAC, so others may have different impressions. It also has great synergy with my Alessandro MS1000i, which is always good.

I do have a question though. What DAC chip does my version use? I do realize that HotAudio no longer publicizes their chips, but I do believe that I have an older version of the HOTUSB1: the one where the USB input and the headphone output are on the same side with no LED.

Thanks!
Leon
post #627 of 771
Go to your "device manager" and then open up the "sound, video and game controllers" icon.

Then double click the USB SPEAKERS icon.

You will find the information on the DAC there.

The early HOTUSB1s used PCM2074 and had NO LED....

As I was a minimalist trying to maximize sound quality...

After getting so many people telling me to add an LED...

I eventually broke down and added one....

The newer HOTUSB1s come with PCM2705s and PCM2704 as an option.

hotaudio40
post #628 of 771
Hmm. Going under Hardware Ids, it says:
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USB\VID_08BB&PID_2705&REV_0100&MI_00
Does that mean it's using the PCM2705 chip? I'm positive that there isn't a LED.

Thanks!
Leon
post #629 of 771
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Originally Posted by LeonWho View Post
Hmm. Going under Hardware Ids, it says:

Does that mean it's using the PCM2705 chip? I'm positive that there isn't a LED.

Thanks!
Leon
Yes, that means it has a PCM2705 BURR BROWN DAC IC.

Are you sure there is no LED... ???
post #630 of 771
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Originally Posted by hotaudio40 View Post
Yes, that means it has a PCM2705 BURR BROWN DAC IC.

Are you sure there is no LED... ???
Positive. Just checked again.
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